how to prevent basement flooding in rainy season - corrugated plastic
The real estate section finds experts to answer questions from readers about the purchase and sale, renovation, and other issues related to the ownership of the house.
This week's expert Ken Fraine, a professional engineer and owner of Reston's drainage and erosion solutions, discusses how to protect your home during the rainy season.
I am worried that the upcoming spring and summer rain will penetrate into my basement from my foundation walls.
What can I do now to make sure my house is kept clean and tidy? —
MQ, BroadlandsThere there's a lot to do now to make sure you and your house stay dry.
The good news is that you may not have to spend too much time or money doing it.
Most of the time, you want to prevent water from coming together on the ground next to the foundation.
Here's how to do this: Clean your ditch and downpipe.
If it is blocked, the water will flow down the wall and stay next to the house.
By connecting the black corrugated plastic pipes that you can buy at any home improvement store, keep your downpipe away from the house.
Pipes should extend at least 10 feet from your house or any other structure. Re-
Rating around your home to promote positive drainage away from the foundation.
You can shovel the compacted soil down below
Create at least one two-level Wallinch-per-
Slope foot on foundation.
You can then cover the soil with an organic soil mixture and covering to make it more attractive and then add plants.
Check to make sure there is no soil covering wall panels or brick veneers as this may introduce water on the foundation walls and in the basement.
Pay special attention to where the two walls intersect and create an inner corner (
For example, where your chimney meets your house on the ground).
These places are notorious for erosion.
If you have a sewage pump, make sure it works by opening the lid and pulling the float.
Then you should hear the sound of the motor running.
If it is not running, make sure it is plugged into the socket and check the circuit breaker.
Replace it if it still doesn't work.
Make sure the sewage pump drain pipe that leaves your house is away from your foundation wall to avoid the same water penetrating back into your base drainage system.
You can use the same type of plastic pipe that you use to extend the downpipe.
You can also purchase a backup power supply for the sewage pump.
If you break electricity in a big storm, you can still prevent water from rising from the foundation of your house.
If you have an external step leading to the basement, make sure the drain at the bottom of the step is free and there is no debris.
Usually, in the old house, the drain pipe is very small and easily blocked.
If you have a window well below
Rate the windows, remove any debris and purchase a transparent plastic cover to prevent rain and debris.
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